first string


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first string

n.
A group of players that play regularly or start games for a sports team.

first′-string′ adj.
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first string

n
(Squash & Fives) the top player of a team in an individual sport, such as squash
adj
1. (Team Sports, other than specified) being a regular member of a team rather than a substitute or reserve
2. (Individual Sports, other than specified) being the top player of a team in an individual sport
3. of high rating; first-class
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References in classic literature ?
When the fox felt the first string, he started so that he one leg, from pain, but he bore it, and still kept his tail high in the air; at the second sting, he was forced to put it down for a moment; at the third, he could hold out no longer, screamed, and put his tail between his legs.
While one hand hung up the first string the other was already unwinding the band on the second leg.
Yet Final Song showed Wardesque speed when bounding up by five lengths here last month and looks Godolphin's first string for a race in which they run four horses from four different stables.
Record breaking trainer Aiden O'Brien has brought over two horses for this race with Magic Wand, under Ryan Moore, looking very much to be his first string. Since winning the Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot, this daughter Coolemore's legendary stallion Galileo has been consistent and was just touched off in the Prix de L'opera.
defeating SIndh Colours, the first string of that province, by three goals to nil.
The last fixture of the day saw Punjab Whites, the second string of the province, defeating Sindh Colours, the first string of that province, by three goals to nil.
It is the Growling Tigers' first string of consecutive victories, ending their first round campaign with a 3-4 record for a tie with the Fighting Maroons, who are coming off a close 89-88 win over National U last Sunday.
It is worth mentioning that the hosts are fielding their national (first string) side while the development squad is Pakistan's second string.
Valley St James A are the runaway leaders at the start of the new season, but Brighouse's first string are giving chase and reduced the table-toppers lead to five points after nothing an 8-1 win at Fartown A.
The first String Project concert featuring both the Kids Orchestra, with around 40 members, and the Youth Orchestra, with around 25 members, was held last December to an audience of nearly 250 people.
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